• NBA Star in Nairobi for Sprite Slam finals
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Sep 25, 2010-

Top rated former NBA player Steven Smith is in town for the Saturday’s Sprite Slam National finals.

Smith who landed in the country will be part of the talent selection panel during the finals of the event at the Railways Club.

Speaking to the press during the launch of the National Finals, Smith said that he was looking forward to engaging with the young players and sharing experiences with them. He challenged the youngsters to take advantage of the opportunity to explore their talents.

 “You should draw inspiration from the likes of Dikembe Mutombo who came to the US to study medicine but ended up being one of the greatest NBA players of his generation,” said Smith.

Maureen Sika, Coca Cola Kenya Brand Manager, said that the Sprite Slam was aimed at giving the young people an opportunity to discover and nurture their talent. 

“Sprite Slam has grown every year since its inception and this success is the result of a dynamic partnership between Coca Cola East and Central Africa, the Kenya Basketball Federation and NBA,” she said.

 Sika further added that Coca Cola is seeking to expand the tournament next year in a bid to reach out to more youths in many other regions.

The National final brings together the seven (5 boys and 2 girls) best talents from Nairobi, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret and Mombasa who will battle it out for the top award. The best three 3 players will have a life time opportunity to attend a boot camp in the United States of America later in the year.

As part of giving back to the community, during the National Finals, Smith will engage in a hop shooting competition, and for every shot he makes, 10 basketballs will be given to as school in one of the areas that participated in the tournament.

At the same time, Smith has attributed the United States basketball teams victory at the recently concluded World Basketball Championships in Turkey to good team chemistry. He singled out reigning champions LA Lakers and the Miami Heat as the teams to watch out for in the coming NBA season.

 

Steve Omondi

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